Making Shiva, Marduk's Rebellion, Novels, The Culling Fields
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Manuscripts Sitting in a Drawer

So it’s been quiet…

It hasn’t been, but I admit I’ve been pretty bad about blogging, so how would you know what insanity has been in my life? 2015 was a dead year in that regard. There was a lot going on behind the scenes, but nothing showing on the surface.

Let’s chat a bit about what’s been going on, just between us. The first thing I want to mention is that the sequel to my science-fiction space opera, MAKING SHIVA, is on its final review rounds before an expected March publication. (I’ll post the cover here shortly.) I am anxious to let this one into the world, not only because it marks another advance in dear Mallory’s story, but because it also marks the last of the ‘old books.’

What are the ‘old books’ you ask?

Well, many years ago, I got this idea into my head that I was going to be a writer. It was a bit of a lark, but I love books, love them to an embarrassing degree, so when my husband suggested I tried writing one, I did.

Being who I am, I wrote three.

The books in question were called A Question of Honor, The Game of Empire, and Making Shiva. They were the sort of books that first time writers create, with everything wrong with them that you might expect, from overly long and unnecessary prologues to the most purple of purple prose. I queried them, failed to find any interest for reasons that are now painfully obvious, and put them in a drawer while I convinced myself I was many things, but certainly not a writer.

And later, after the divorce, when my now ex-husband made me promise that whatever else happened, I was not to stop writing, I pulled them back out again. I didn’t revise the books; I rewrote them completely, ripped them up right down to the foundation and rebuilt them from scratch. A Question of Honor became Marduk’s Rebellion. The Game of Empire became The Culling Fields (more on that later.) Making Shiva became…well…that one’s title stayed the same but very little of the original manuscript survived.

There’s plenty of wisdom out there that suggests one should just let an early career manuscript die, but I’m glad I haven’t listened to that advice. In all cases, I love the books that these horrid first drafts became and I can look back at them with pride. And having let this one fly out into the wild, I can now look forward to writing more.

On that note, with the release of Making Shiva, I’m also going to be updating the cover and contents of Marduk’s Rebellion (another edit pass is in the works.) I’ll let you know you when that’s available, but I’m aiming for March as well.

Some of you may have noticed that The Culling Fields is no longer available on Amazon. I’ve taken the book down.

Why would I do such a thing?

Several reasons. First, I rewrote it. Yes, the whole damn thing. Nothing quite as total as those first demolition jobs, but more than sufficient to be a new edition. The second reason is that I have decided that the Culling Fields is going to be best served with traditional publication, and I’m working to make that happen. Why? (Oh god, WHY?)

Well, it’s like this: Amazon Createspace is not a good platform for fat fantasy, and it’s REALLY not a good platform for a 650+ page book with footnotes (yes, the damn thing has footnotes) that is best read in physical print. I had a book that was prohibitively expensive in trade paperback (while making almost no money because the margin is nonexistent on a book that size), but an utter horror to read in mobi or epub formats.

So I’m going to see what I can do. As such, I can’t promise when the book will next be available again, but I can say that stuff is happening. STUFF IS HAPPENING. Super vague, but I promise I’m not just leaving the manuscript in a drawer.

Oh, and I’m writing the sequel, Demon Falls.

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